In response to a post from the wonderful Rochelle Wisoff, who runs the Friday Fictioneers group (which I have not consistently contributed to this year, shame on me…) here is my contribution to the prompt, suggested by Dawn Landau over at Tales From The Motherland of 50 things to be grateful for as part of flooding the internet with gratitude.
If you want to join then follow the following instructions.
To join us for this project: 1) Write your post and publish it (please copy and paste the instructions from this post, into yours) 2) Click on the blue frog. 3) That will take you to another window, where you can past the URL to your post. (folks have trouble with this, but it’s not that hard. 4)Follow the prompts, and your post will be added to the Blog Party List. The inLinkz will be open until January 3, 2017
Also, please note the following from Rochelle:
Please note that only blog posts that include a list of 50 (or an attempt to write 50) things that made you feel Happy or 50 things that you are Grateful for, will be included. Please don’t add a link to a post that isn’t part of this exercise; I will remove it. Aside from that one caveat, there is no such thing as too much positivity. Share your happy thoughts, your gratitude; be creative; be happy and grateful, and help us flood the blogosphere with both!
As I look back on this year, and the past few years as well, I am grateful for the following:
Number 11: The privilege of staying at a faith community long enough for both my boys to graduate and being a spiritual leader to a group of kids growing up from pre-school and younger to their high school graduation
Number 12: for doctors who suggest allergy shots which have given me relief during the fall to winter transition
Number 13: for allergy meds
Number 14: the ability to get out of bed in the morning and do something meaningful
Number 15: the awesome and at times overwhelming privilege of being a spiritual leader to a group of people in one place for over 16 years
Number 17: the chance to keep learning, even hard things, and growing as a person
Number 18: a local book club that I joined this year
Number 19: a house that I own (even though I have to pay for the upkeep)
Number 20: cars that work (generally)
Number 21: a group of budding mechanics who have worked on my cars as they learn the trade of auto mechanics and have saved me perhaps a thousand dollars in labor!
Number 24: The ability to express gratitude, something that I have had trouble doing from time to time.
Number 31: The ability to right, I mean write…
Number 32: The ability to think for myself (at least on a regular basis)
Number 33: The ability to care and to want to make a difference in another person’s life in meaningful and positive ways
Number 34: The ability to laugh, not at another’s expense, but as a way of not taking oneself too seriously and enjoying light hearted moments.
Number 35: Kids. The profound simpleness of children brings smiles and laughter out of me. (I also am ready for grandchildren…but that is a future hope).
Number 36: The majesticness of large cats. Tigers make me speechless. Lions make me wonder. Leopards amaze me.
Number 44 – Flight Simming. I have been a flight simmer for over 20 years. It is one of the ways I relax.